Former Writer · Jan 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Comprehensive Guide to Microsoft Surface (and Windows RT) with 50+ Tips and Tricks

Development and tweaks for the Microsoft Surface have been been catching steam lately. There are a group of developers porting regular Windows applications to Windows RT. There are also a couple of ways to alter touch screen settings. However, Windows RT is still a brand new operating system, and people using it for the first time may have some trouble getting around. It is with that in mind that a comprehensive guide was released that contains more than 50 tips and tricks.

The guide was written by XDA Senior Member tboy2000. There are several tricks that were also released by other members that have made the list. It covers pretty much all the bases, including some that aren’t readily known by most users.

Some of the more notable features on the list are a method to let the stock Windows video, picture, and music apps see SD card contents, enabling rotation lock, a quicker way to get to the task manager, and how to boot from a flash drive, and more. One of the more recent entries is a method we’ve covered, which is how to install Metro apps on a different hard drive. Another is how to download applications from other regions by changing your location settings before opening the Store App. This method only works for free apps and not paid apps. For those in countries with a lackluster app store, it could still come in handy.

Of course there are the enhancements and tricks to help productivity, but there are also some fun entries on the list. One of the best fun ones is how to access the 700+ emoticons that you can use from the virtual keyboard. You can even access an alternative keyboard that has word prediction and word suggestions.

If you’re a new Microsoft Surface owner (or if you have another Windows RT device), this is a must-read guide that can answer a lot of questions before you even have them. The guide has been expanding on a consistent basis for months, so it’s likely only to grow bigger with time. To check it out, head to the original thread.


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